The size, location, and design of the hip joint can cause inflammation and chronic pain. This large ball and socket joint performs weight bearing and mobility functions, leaving it prone to injury and inflammation.
Hip Pain Treatment Options
The treatment of hip pain is unique for each patient. Surgery is an option, but there are less invasive procedures to try before deciding to have hip replacement surgery. The most widely used treatments for hip pain are:
- Using over the counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Increasing motor activities such as walking or swimming.
- Improving current diet and losing weight.
- Gels or oils designed for pain relief applied to the specific area causing pain.
- Application of an ice pack or heating pad to the hip area.
If the conventional treatments for treating hip pain are not successful, and pain is still affecting the hip joint, the physician may prescribe other options for relief such as certain types of hip injections for pain control. The injections can be used with other more common treatments to accomplish complete pain relief. Using injections help patients get moving and exercise with less pain and discomfort. When mobility increases, weight loss is achieved with more ease helping with the joint pain in specific patients. The types of injections most often used are:
- Cortisone shot in hip.
- Platelet-rich plasma injections.
Each type of injection has pros and cons. Successful treatment with the use of injections may include supplementing with other therapies such as physical therapy, nutrition plan, and assistive devices such as braces for support.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
The procedure is used to treat osteoarthritis with plasma and platelets derived from the patients donated blood. The plasma and platelets injected back into the patient contain healing properties to encourage tissue repair and promote natural healing.